Former vagrant gets dignified send off
In life, Marie Barnaby did not have much to celebrate. Being a former vagrant, her life was a constant struggle. However, in death, she got a taste of dignity, thanks to the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC), whose staff turned out in significant numbers for her funeral last Wednesday.
Barnaby left the streets 13 years ago as a result of the intervention of the StJMC, which placed her at Refuge of Hope Night Shelter, which is located in Albion, on the outskirts of Montego Bay. She died on August 6 of natural causes. She was 47 years old.
According to Pauline Lecky, the inspector of poor at the StJMC, Barnaby had developed close relations with residents and staff at the night shelter in the 13 years she has been there. She said that Barnaby is sadly missed by those who had grown to love and admire her.
"She was quite interactive and was a very nice person; she was always polite and very jovial,î said Lecky in recounting the pleasant experiences she has had with the former vagrant.
ìShe was one who would always be willing to assist staff and other night shelter residents. She will be missed."
Barnaby's body was buried at the Pye River Cemetery.